Monday, June 25, 2018

Illegal alien kids, Pledge of Allegiance

Ed Straker notes, writing for American Thinker, not a day goes by without some headline about the suffering of illegal alien children, nearly all of them eating and living better than they have before thanks to U.S. taxpayers. Most of them sent by their parents so we could take care of them.

But now some are unhappy because they're being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and worse, to recite it in English!
Why must they say those words, some of the children ask at the shelter in Brownsville, on the Mexican border in Texas?
The article gets into it from a politically conservative's point of view. Before we read further let's try to imagine what will be said. Imagine what you would say. What could be the response to a foreign child suddenly made to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

I cast back to that time when I was compelled to recite the Pledge. I was the age of these children. I did not know what the words meant, even after they were explained to me. I couldn't understand doing that, hand on my heart, swearing an oath to a flag. I absolutely did not get it. My questions must have seemed blasphemous as questioning faith, another thing I did not understand. My wonderful Nana flipped the f out when I told her I didn't have anything like that. She scared me. Precious Nana turned into a monster in an instant. Then I couldn't even trust her emotional stability anymore after that. But these were real questions, from a young child, and answering them in adult terms didn't clear anything. I hated reciting the Pledge. It made me feel like I was in Communist Russia or Nazi Germany and not being given a choice. I knew very young, First Grade, that I lived in a land of coercion. And I didn't like it one single bit. Right off, it made me not like my country. Forcing the Pledge is anti-American. The whole thing is paradoxical. Allegiance to a flag! It has nothing to do with true loyalty or true patriotism.  Children don't understand that.

I'm with the kids. Why are you forcing this? Why make this an issue? Explain this to them, and make it good.

The concern is these kids were pushed out of their native countries that suck so badly, are such shitholes that they're literally dumped off by their parents!

Then contrive a new recitation. "I thank America for taking us in, and I thank American taxpayers for covering our cost, for improving our lives where our native country failed due to its political structure, such that I was literally pushed out so that my life would be better."

Okay. I'm ready to read what Ed Straker says and how his commenters respond.
Imagine: kids who illegally come into this country; claim they want to be Americans; and then are forced to learn, in the host's country's language, the pledge of loyalty for the country they claim they want to join. 
This in a nutshell is the problem with illegal aliens.  Most want the benefits of being in America, but most don't want to assimilate.

The kids didn't say they do not want to assimilate, they simply asked why they are being compelled to recite your sacred pledge that doesn't make sense to them. If the pledge is required for you to agree to support them, then fine, they'll say it, but that doesn't answer their reasonable question about why they must.

Tell them, their country sucked so badly their parents abandoned their parental obligation and passed the responsibility for their upbringing onto Americans who accepted the challenge. This Pledge of Allegiance is roundabout acknowledgement of that. The Pledge is reaffirming that because of what happened to you individually, that your allegiance has shifted from country that was so craptastic that you were forced to relocate here, and here is more than just a place, it's an ideal, it's a dream, your pledge is acknowledgement that you won the lottery.

Straker goes on to ridicule another report written for the Washington Post that describes the living conditions of the children in fairly uplifting terms; the things they have to eat, birthday celebrations, vaccinations and treatments for various physical ailments, stomach and skin issues and treatments for  lice, English lessons, colors, letters, numbers, playtime, nap time, snack, recess.

But then...

Hair shampoo is rationed by the spoonful.

Oh, God.

[That would be because children will squeeze the whole bottle. First Graders do not know how much to use. They think it's the same as liquid soap. You just keep pouring it on and fill the whole tub with bubbles. Fill the whole room with bubbles. They're simply being taught how much to use.]
These illegals have a higher standard of living than many poor Americans, at no cost to them or their parents.  But the media persist in portraying these places as worse than concentration camps.  When will we ever read an article about the sacrifices taxpayers are making to take care of these foreign kids with a high standard of living?
True. It's insanity time in the U.S. of A. Democrats are desperate, insanely so presently, and this is how that desperation shows. It's actually the preferred state of affairs because when they're in power it's much MUCH MUCH worse. It means things are going well, so be of good cheer.

Then comments.

*  Send them back. All of them. Accompanied or unaccompanied. Problem solved.
Better still - build the Wall and keep them out.

* High, and wide. Any Democrats/liberals that complain, toss them over, too.

* Unlike North Korea, if a person wants to leave the United States of America, they are free to do so. If they want to stay here, they should learn the language and recite the pledge.

* When my mother's family came over from the old country, her father only allowed English to be spoken in the house and always had a picture of the current president on the wall.

* Depends on the family. The U.S cities like New York, St. Louis, Chicago had newspapers, cultural clubs in their native languages. They tried to hold on to "the old country". A relative of mine came from Germany, a farming family - They never nor wanted to learn English. The children spoke only German in the 1st grade. Five sons went into the military and served our country....

* Bingo! We have a Bingo over here

* And pull their own weight.

* Change the diet--make them eat per Michelle Obama's school lunch protocol. They'd be begging to go back!

* They get everything for free yet they hate the country and its people that feed, clothe, and house them.
Perfect Democrats.

[Nobody said anything like that]

* Unaccompanied ILLEGAL children should immediately be put on transport planes and flown back to their Country of origin.
Accompanied ILLEGAL immigrant families should immediately be put on transport planes and flown back to their Country of origin.
ILLEGAL immigrants are not welcome.
Only LEGAL law abiding immigrants are welcome.
ILLEGAL immigrants cost the US taxpayers approx. $115 BILLION each year.

And more up to 85 or so comments.


Amartel said...

Oh, this is just silly. Bumble move. Obviously it's shitty optics, begging to be exploited, sad kids being forced to make pledges in foreign language, and on top of that doesn't it imply that citizenship is on its way? Hey kids, just say these words in English that you don't understand and presto, sooner or later you'll be magically transformed into a citizen. If not, then why make them recite it? I don't like anything about this.

Rabel said...

Dumb, if true.

ricpic said...

"....doesn't it imply citizenship is on its way?"

My first thought. We want them sent back. Well, I do. This is a not so subtle sign of surrender to "the inevitable."

edutcher said...

Hey, I had to do the Pledge in school and wasn't given a history lesson. You're here, you do it. No dissent. Doubtless, the German and Italian and Russian and Japanese kids had to do it. And in a strange language.

One thing to keep in the back of one's head is that it takes about 2 or 3 generations and then they assimilate, including voting something other than Democrat. According to Pew.

If you believe them.

PS No, it's no sign, subtle or otherwise. These kids aren't thinking anywhere near that far ahead.

edutcher said...

PPS Black Rock poll - skew 8 points Demo

31. Which of these do you think should be done with families trying to enter the U.S. illegally -
Release the entire family back to their home country together. . . . . . . . . . . .48% Arrest the parents and keep the children in a separate detention facility. . . . . 4%
Arrest the parents but keep the children with them in the same detention facility. 11% Release the entire family in the U.S. temporarily and require that they report back for a hearing later. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16%

32. Do you think a wall along the U.S. Mexico border is...
A good idea that can probably be completed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 32%
A good idea that should be tried, even if it can’t be completed . . . . . . . . . 19%
A bad idea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48%

Looks like we're winning. And, yes, consider this is CBS and skewed. Honest numbers must be a lot more on Trump's side.